Mother who lost 3 sons to gun violence in 6 months speaks out

Just over a year ago, Niva Scott was a mother of five, but within six months' time, she's had to bury three of her sons.

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All were victims of gun violence. Scott has had to deal with unimaginable grief in such a short period of time.

“I don’t think any mother guesses that their children would die first. (It’s) just not the order of things," said Scott.

Her youngest was 28-year-old Malachi Mims, who was shot and killed on Nov. 16, 2017, in Cambridge by two men police say were trying to steal his marijuana.

“I say that if they only knew my son Malachi, everyone loved him from the minute they met him,” said Scott.

Mims’ older brother, Thomas Pomare, flew in from California for the funeral and was staying with friends in Attleboro.

The 34-year-old was sleeping on the couch when police say two men broke into the home. Pomare startled them and was shot in the head.

He had two daughters and was expecting a son, who was delivered in June, Scott said.

This past March, Scott's oldest son, 38-year-old Keith Pomare, was also murdered when he drove by a shooting in Mattapan and was struck by a bullet.

His killer is still on the loose.

Two men are facing murder charges for Thomas Pomare's death, and just this week, a second person, a 17-year-old boy, was charged in connection with Mims’ death.

“If these children really knew, I mean, it’s so quick to pull the trigger, and they destroy (a) whole family," said Scott.

Scott attended all of their arraignments.

“I didn’t even want to tell anyone, because I felt like an outcast – like what are people going to say, this lady lost three boys," said Scott. “Of course, we learn how to move on and live, but we never really know true happiness again. It’s over.”

Boston police continue to search for Keith Pomare's killer.

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